Christmas in Roscommon hits the right note

The combined efforts of the businesses in Roscommon town proved to be a big hit with locals and visitors over the festive season.

  The Christmas period kicked off with Santa turning on the lights on the 29th of November and an added bonus for those who attended the switch on this year was the free hot drinks given out by Chamber of Commerce members and sponsored by Roscommon Town Team.

  Christmas music was piped in the town centre and also in Abbeytown. This was a first for the town and was appreciated by shoppers and businesses.

  The AIB branch in the town sponsored the Christmas window display competition. Lots of businesses got involved, which added to the festive spirit. The winning window was RosMed on The Golf Links Road, seen in the picture receiving €200 first prize and runner-up was Finn Electrical, Goff Street, who won €50.  Sincere thanks to AIB for sponsoring the prizes and all the businesses for taking part.

  The Solstice Choir and the Convent of Mercy, award-winning, chamber choirs, gave live performances in the town.  Both choirs deserve great credit for their contribution in making Roscommon a very festive place to shop this year.

  An extensive media campaign was undertaken in the local papers and on local radio. There were lucky winners from all over the county and further afield with over €1,500 won by shoppers. The Chamber social media campaign reached over 19,500. Rossies living around the world said it was great to see Roscommon was alive and doing well for Christmas.

  The Harrison Centre and The Abbeytown businesses ran successful events in conjunction with the Chamber. This all added to the atmosphere and hopefully will become annual events.

  All in all it proved to be a lively Christmas with many businesses reporting a moderate increase in trade.  It was the Chamber’s intension to give back to the customers by making Roscommon an excellent place to shop for Christmas and this could not have been done without support from Roscommon Town Team and also help from Roscommon Farmers Market for the use of their marquees.